Declare Your Independence

first_imgWhen in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.Fear: It is necessary to separate yourself from the fear that prevents you from acting, that prevents you from living your purpose, that dissuades you from making your contribution, and that keeps you from becoming the best version of yourself. This fear has kept you from realizing your full potential.Entitlement: It is necessary that you free yourself from the sense of entitlement that would have you wait for someone to give you what you want. It is necessary that you separate yourself from the ungratefulness that has prevented you from using the gifts that you’ve been given—and from sharing those gifts with a world that needs your contribution. This sense of entitlement has prevented you from doing what you should right now be doing.Apathy: It is necessary that you stand up and walk away from the apathy that has kept you sitting on the sideline while your game is being played without you. This apathy has kept you from passionately engaging in your life’s work. Today you can separate yourself from the part of you that you’ve allowed to be pessimistic or cynical and throw yourself instead into that one thing that is your mission.Victimhood: It is necessary that you separate yourself from the belief that you are somehow a victim. A victim of the circumstances of your birth. A victim of the lack of formal education. A victim of the society in which you were born, the lack of money, or the people you mistakenly believe have power over your life. This victimhood has caused you to look outwards for excuses instead of inwards for answers.Learned Helplessness: You must separate yourself from your desire to believe that you are helpless, that you lack the power to bring your dream to life, that you lack the knowledge, that you lack the resources. Learned helplessness has provided you with excuses you have used to resist what is calling you.Judgement: You must free yourself from the fear of being judged by others. Many will oppose your freedom, believing you should know your place. Some will fear that your growth will mean that they will lose your love, your friendship. Some will take shots at you because your success can only remind them that they still haven’t separated themselves from their fear, their sense of entitlement, their apathy, the comfort of their victimhood, and the safety of their learned helplessness.Impostor Syndrome: You are not an impostor. You need to separate yourself from the idea that you aren’t big enough. This belief has prevented you from taking that first step, from making today day one.Today is day one. Declare your independence and separate yourself from the bonds you have with the beliefs that no longer serve you. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

UP CM Yogi Adityanath Meets Top U.S. Firms to Seek Investments

first_imgRepresentatives of top companies in the United States met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and important state government officials on Oct. 23 as part of the Lucknow program of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be attended by Ivanka Trump from Nov. 28-30. They urged the government to facilitate partnerships and investment in the state.The meeting was arranged under the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF). The delegates asked the state government to appoint a key official to look after the facilitation process. The delegation included Boeing India head Pratyush Kumar and executives from US companies such as Merck & Co., Medtronic Inc., Oracle Corp., Cargill Inc., GE Healthcare Ltd, Adobe Systems Inc., and Facebook Inc.For ease of doing business, a single window system has been set up under the supervision of the chief minister’s office, which will speed up permissions and clearances, Adityanath said. He assured the delegation of his government’s commitment to provide a conducive environment for investments through improved power supply, road connectivity and security situation in the state.“In this endeavor, the UP government should appoint a dedicated empowered senior official, to facilitate and fast-track US investments into the state,” Nivedita Mehra, managing director, India, USISPF, said in a statement.State Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh said: “You have the opportunity to invest in other states, but for your effort to come to Uttar Pradesh and show interest, we thank you, we look forward to keeping you here.”The “US in UP” initiative is based on the “Vibrant Gujarat” model. It will promote the opportunities that the state presents in sectors such as in chemicals, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, cement, gems, textiles and engineering sectors, Singh told PT. He added that 26 US firms, headed by Boeing, are exploring investment avenues in Uttar Pradesh.Apart from the USISPF, the US Trade and Development Agency also met officials in the state government. It has invited officials from the state government to Boston and Pittsburgh for a reverse trade mission on Smart Cities.“The US mission to India is committed to Uttar Pradesh, as is evident in our support of the Smart Cities program in Allahabad. It will continue to do so,” Ariel Pollock, US Embassy’s north India head, said in the statement.Alongside these meetings, a session was chaired by Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar on investment opportunities in Uttar Pradesh, and Anup Pandey, the Industrial Development Commissioner, and Alok Sinha, Principal Secretary for industries and infrastructure, made presentations on the state’s new industrial policy. Related Itemsboeing india investmentchief minister yogi adityanath USfacebook india investmentglobal entrepreneurship summitus india strategic partnershipUS investment UPYogi US investmentlast_img read more

Siona’s Three Cultures, Colliding

first_imgShe sits in a chariot, clad in jeans, crossing over what could be sea or sky: on one shore await her parents in India, on the other shore is a little house with her husband and daughter in America. Along the border is the Eliyahu Hannabi prayer, transliterated in Marathi, the language she grew up with in Bombay, as an Indian Jew from the Bene Israel tribe. This striking image from the “Finding Home” series depicts the many overlapping worlds of artist Siona Benjamin, who came to America 20 years back.  Most of her family has emigrated to Israel or America; only her parents remain in India.“The feeling I have of never being able to set deep roots no matter where I am is unnerving, but on the other hand, there is something seductive about the spiritual borderland in which I seem to find myself,” says Benjamin who lives in Montclair, NJ.She combines the rich imagery of her past with her American present, creating a mosaic inspired by Indian miniature paintings, Christian illuminated art and Sephardic symbols. “I can claim all of it because I grew up with Muslim and Hindu friends. I went to Catholic and Zoroastrian schools. I studied Hindu miniature painting. I spent 23 years of my life in India so it’s a part of me.”Her very contemporary work is about political and social issues, issues of identity and gender but they are all juxtaposed with classical miniature painting, Hebrew religious texts and even Bollywood iconography and Americana in this cauldron of many cultures, past and present.“The ornate culture from which I came once seemed difficult and unnecessary to apply in my work,” she says. “Now I have found a way to use it, to be able to weave current issues and parts of my life in its intricacies, thus making this ornateness strong and meaningful.  In this way, I attempt to create a dialogue between the ancient and the modern, forcing a confrontation of unresolved issues.”   Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian Designers on Project Runway

first_imgIndian fashion designers are finally edging into the famed white tents of Bryant Park in New York. While Indian influences have long permeated American fashion and many clothes American consumers wear are made in India or by Indian American garment companies here, we are now actually beginning to see designers from India becoming visible in international markets. The hedonistic hordes that lined the white tents at the Olympus Fashion Week in Bryant Park in New York in September were focused on the up or down of a hemline, the new silhouettes or the return of the jacket. Buyers, fashion editors, celebrities, socialites and photographers had all gathered to view the latest diktats of the fashion czars. As cameras flashed and the crowds pushed, careers were made and unmade.Now it seems that this bastion of American fashion has opened up to designers from India. Along with major American and Parisian names, there were Ashish Soni and Sabyasachi Mukherjee, hotshot designers from India.Last year, Soni became the first Indian designer invited to participate at the Fashion Week, the most prestigious fashion show in the country and one of New York’s marquee events. Soni’s collection this year was inspired, according to his press notes, “by the vitality of Vienna of the early 1920’s when artists evolved the dynamic new language of Modernism.  It expresses the simplicity combined with the rigorous composition and autonomy of the forms and colors of these artists.”Soni’s line was young and vibrant – all cottons and voiles – fun and breezy and just right for spring. The background musical score as the sullen models walked the ramp was of splashing waves and the cooing of birds. Interestingly, churidars, the traditional tight pants of ethnic wear from the Mughal days and part of contemporary India, had been brought full swing into the American fashion lexicon  – worn under shorts, under tunics and short skirts. Indeed, there was nothing particularly Indian about the clothes except for a touch of embroidery here and there.Asked about the process of getting from Mumbai to the white tents, Soni explained that it was about invitations – and hard cash. Last year Indian tourism’s Incredible India campaign partnered with him and this season he and two partners who showcased their jewelry and accessories with him to split the costs. In 2005, Soni had been selected with nine other international designers as an emerging designer by UPS, which had defrayed the costs of the event. Showing up under these famous tents can be expensive, in excess of $100,000 just to participate. “And it’s not just money, even if you have money that’s not enough to get a foot in. You have to be selected,” he says. “There are too many people waiting with checks in line to get those spots; that you get it is a bigger deal than anything else.”Soni says he’s had strong media response, the collection is selling and he is represented here by Showroom Seven, which is well known to buyers and represents several designers. Was his collection in New York the same as the one he markets in India? He says, “It was not what I showed hundred percent in India. I’ve showed bits and pieces of it in India, but it was completely geared up to the international market.” So has it become a global market and does he find himself hopping between international cities?  “Absolutely. From here we go straight to London for the Fashion Week. Initially it used to be just one or two of us, but now there’s almost five designers who are going to be showing in London.” Manish Arora has been in London for three seasons, as has Soni. Anamika Khanna is showing for the second time and Sabyasachi Mukherjee for the first time. Is the London market different from the U.S. market and is it more receptive? Says Soni, “Totally. They are a little bit more receptive, the price points are lower and volumes are of course lower, but in that sense easier to crack.” He points out that mostly mainstream fashion aficianados attend Fashion Week, and he is also selling at stores like Selfridges.Does he think Indian designers will have more of an impact during future Fashion Weeks in New York? “Well, it’s been just me and now Sabya.  Hopefully if there are couple more of us, we could take a tent, but it will take us longer here than it has in Europe, because the markets here are much tougher.”  Indian fashion is usually about color, style, glitter, the whole nine yards, almost like an Indian wedding. Does he think the designers have to reinterpret their designs for different markets? He says, “Absolutely, it works very differently.”  Indeed, you can’t give them the whole of India at one go.A lot of designers do that, but Soni says, “I’m trying harder and harder every season to position it in a way that we are a global brand and we sell the same things across the world. That is the strategy going forward.” As he points out, the market is changing even in India with younger people dressing similar to their counterparts in the West: “That’s the reason why we are not saying we are customizing things for India, because Indians are as modern as anyone else, if not more.”  In his collection the churidar seems to have made a big comeback and seems to have merged into the western fashion vocabulary. In fact, he says that last season the churidar did very well and his company sold over a thousand pieces of churidars in Europe and Japan. Gone are the drawstrings and Soni’s churidars are completely contemporized.A designer who made his debut in the UPS tent as an emerging designer this year is Sabyasachi Mukherjee, who is well known in India. This Calcutta designer won the 2007 Indian National Award in Costume Design (the equivalent of an Indian Oscar) for his work in the movie Black. You can always expect the unexpected from Sabyasachi – his first collection was inspired by the sex workers of Sonagachi, the red light district of Calcutta.Sabyasachi’s edgy clothes use traditional Indian techniques, such as tea stained fabrics with a very contemporary touch   He started out with the Lakme Fashion Week. Sabyasachi’s  Spring/Summer 2007 Collection used a combination of  unusual processes to obtain subtle texturing, and laborious means of mud and discharge printing.  The collection was certainly different enough to get a lot of attention and was featured twice in the New York Times.  Tom Julian, director of trends for McCann-Erickson, was quoted by AP as saying:  “This Indian designer has shown us the hand-woven look with rich fabrics and modern embellishments, but more importantly, has taken Western silhouettes – the blouson, the cowl back and the A-line – and is making a strong signature for a young designer.”So, have the buyers been biting? He says it usually takes a while after the show for that to kick in, but surprisingly several buyers from abroad have already placed orders worth about $50,000 in the first few days after the shows. “I think the collection had a very strong international edge and at the same time it had an Indian appeal to it. I think that’s what the buyers are looking for in any case. Right now the world is looking for different things so the receptivity for these kinds of things is quite high.Does it have anything to do with India’s changed image in the world? “Yes, that’s definitely the case, so I think I’m at the right place at the right time. The entire perception of India in the west has completely changed.” Sabyasachi, who is represented by a company called People’s Revolution, intends to sell to stores in the United States, but does not plan to have his own store here.  He has shown in Milan, New York and London Fashion Weeks. He laughs, “Once I do the Paris Fashion Week, I’ve kind of done the Grand Slam.”While the Indian market calls for a different sensibility, does he bring in Indian touches into his collection which show internationally? He says: “Absolutely. I think it’s very important to have an Indian soul and I try to incorporate that by using Indian fabrics and prints. But it’s if is designed well, it could be made in India, but it could have been made by any designer across the globe.”   So he’s not bringing any overly Indian touches like churidars into it? “No, no, I have churidars in this collection – but in the sleeves! I have women’s fitted shirts with roucered sleeves, like churidars.  So there is an Indian update to the clothes, a slight Indian touch to it, but it is subtle. It’s not easily perceivable as Indian.” Sabyasachi told the New York Times: “I thought the best way was to start by doing something Indian.  It is no longer perceived as exotic. I see the whole global market like a spice rack. If the pepper is missing, you’ve got to give them pepper.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Vote Or Not

first_imgSanjaya Malakar has picked up some dubious, although valuable, support in his campaign to win American Idol. Although he has been panned repeatedly by judges and media critics as one of the worst talents this season, Malakar made the Top 10 on the strength of audience votes.A grassroots campaign, driven by critics of the program, has aided Malakar. The website has selected him as its pick for the season and shock jock Howard Stern has launched a campaign with his listeners to support Malakar. Several tabloids have also alleged that Indian call centers are voting for him and skewing the results.Past winners and near winners have gone on to lucrative show biz careers. So whether or not Malakar makes the final cut in May or has any talent, he has built up enough of a cult following to gain lucrative endorsements and movie roles in the months ahead.  Related Itemslast_img read more

A Boeing is Blocking My Street!

first_imgA Boeing 737 jetliner was abandoned on busy Mumbai street for six days by a driver who took a wrong turn and then simply fled.The decommissioned Air Sahara aircraft, whose tail, engine and wings had been removed, had been hoisted on to a trailer and was being driven through the city to New Delhi. After encountering an overpass that blocked the plane, the driver abandoned his trailer. The plane attracted international media attention for almost a week before it was quietly removed after locals complained it was blocking traffic and hurting their business. The identity of the aircraft’s new owner has not been disclosed. Related Itemslast_img read more

Hanuman: Summoned To Court

first_imgA judge in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, has summoned the Hindu gods Ram and Hanuman, to appear before him to resolve a 20-year-old dispute over a 1.4 acre plot housing two temples. Judge Sunil Kumar Singh published newspaper advertisements declaring: “You failed to appear in court despite notices sent by a peon and later through registered post. You are hereby directed to appear before the court personally.”The temple priest is staking a claim to the land, which local authorities assert belong to the two deities. Judge Singh served notices on the deities, which were returned as undeliverable, prompting the newspaper announcements. The priest’s lawyer Bijan Rawani wants to depose the Gods, saying, “Since the land has been donated to the gods, it is necessary to make them a party to the case.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Sunil Gavaskar to Imran Khan: You are my friend. Where is Naya Pakistan?

first_imgSunil Gavaskar reached out to Imran Khan through India Today and asked the Pakistan Prime Minister to take the first few friendly steps after the Pulwama terror attack killed 40 CRPF soldiers on February 14. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack.Gavaskar said he wants Imran Khan as the Pakistan PM to take the first friendly steps and ensure perpetrators of terror are handed over to the United Nations. Harbhajan Singh, another India cricket legend, said he wanted India to boycott Pakistan in the World Cup but Gavaskar chose to reach out to his old friend Imran Khan.”I don’t want to react to what these young players have suggested but if I may speak directly – Imran, when you took over, you said it was going to be a new Pakistan,” Gavaskar told India Today.”You said India should take one step and Pakistan will take two steps. I want to say that Pakistan should be the one to take the first step. You ensure that those in Pakistan creating problems – maybe to the United Nations.”You take those two friendly steps and then see the many steps India will take. I am no politician. You are my friend, Wasim is my friend, Shoaib Akhtar is my friend. You take that first step. Let old Pakistan stay. You take that first step, and then see the number of friendly steps India will take.”If he takes those first steps, it’s a Naya Pakistan. Hand over those responsible for the attacks, stop cross-border infiltration. You see then how many steps India will take. But I am not a politician, I am a sportsperson. But I am sure people in India will appreciate.advertisement”The first friendly steps.. if Imran takes those steps, you will see the steps India will take. I am sure the people of India will appreciate. Imran has spent a lot of time in India – as a cricketer, as a friendly visitor to the India and he knows the Indian people more than any other (Pakistani) prime minister.”I am not asking for words, I am asking for action to be taken,” Gavaskar said.Sunil Gavaskar said he was not sure Imran Khan would even hear what he said but added he was prepared to wait.”That is to be seen – I have said what I have directly to Imran and am not even sure if he is even going to see this. But I have said what I had to through your forum, so now let’s just wait and see,” Gavaskar said.”I listened to him when he told me not to retire, I hope he listens to me. He told me “when I am going to retire in England,”he told me not to. He told me Pakistan are coming to India and Pakistan wants to beat India and it won’t be the same without you. But that was on the field. This is completely different. This touches a lot, lot more lives than a game cricket.”Well, I have not met him since he became prime minister. Once he sets his mind to do and achieve something, he invariably tries to get there. He is driven towards creating a Naya Pakistan. For Naya Pakistan to flourish, friendly ties with Pakistan is absolutely essential,” Gavaskar concluded.Sources have confirmed to India Today that CoA chief Vinod Rai has asked BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to write a letter to ICC asking the world governing body to keep Pakistan out of the World Cup.Last week, Harbhajan Singh had told India Today that India should not play their World Cup match against Pakistan. On Wednesday, Harbjajan Singh and Mohammad Azharuddin said the World Cup wasn’t bigger than the country and India should indeed boycott Pakistan in the tournament.”The simple thing is.. what’s more important? Does the country come first or does India come first? Keep sports aside,” Harbhajan told Aaj Tak. “First, let us sort out the other issues.”World Cup is very small when it comes to the country. 40 people who have lost their lives. Who is going to pay for that? We have to stand united with the country. Even if we don’t play the 2019 World Cup, it won’t matter,” he said.Also Read | Diana Edulji denies differences with Vinod Rai on ousting Pakistan from Cricket World CupAlso Read | 400000 ticket applicants for India vs Pakistan, claims World Cup Tournament DirectorAlso Read | No chance of bilateral cricket with Pakistan after Pulwama: Sourav GangulyAlso Read | BCCI removes Pakistan cricket related memorabilia from its headquartersAlso See:advertisementlast_img read more

Bargain-buy Axel Witsel conducts Borussia Dortmund’s ‘modern jazz’

first_imgAt least Axel Witsel was honest. “I don’t deny the economic aspect was important and my choice was made especially with the money in mind,” said the Belgium midfielder in November 2017.A little more than a year on and now at the fulcrum of Borussia Dortmund’s revival following his lucrative spell with the Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian that is thought to have earned him £20m in only 18 months, he can certainly afford to feel smug.Written off in his homeland as a mercenary who turned down the opportunity to win titles with Juventus, Witsel has defied that criticism by winning his 100th cap against Iceland in October after excelling at the World Cup and has found a new lease of life since moving to Germany. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Belgium Share on Messenger He turned 30 last month and, usually deployed in the double pivot alongside Denmark’s Thomas Delaney in Lucien Favre’s fluid 4-2-3-1 system, has started all but one of Dortmund’s matches in the Bundesliga this season.But while all the attention has been on the club’s emerging players such as Jadon Sancho, his fellow winger Jacob Bruun Larsen and the flying full-back Achraf Hakimi, Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, believes the conductors of what has been described as BVB’s “modern jazz” approach – in comparison to Jürgen Klopp’s brand of “heavy metal football” – have been their midfield duo.“We had the feeling last season it was too easy to beat us when a team scored against us. We had the feeling we couldn’t make it happen that we would win the game,” he said. “Therefore we chose some experienced, robust players; physically strong players but also with experience like Axel Witsel and Thomas Delaney from Werder Bremen.” Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels Show Facebook The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Thank you for your feedback. Read more Champions League Pinterest Tottenham Hotspur Yet despite making his debut in the competition as a teenager with Standard Liège in 2006, Witsel has had little success in the Champions League. Before this season, his last appearance came in Zenit St Petersburg’s defeat to his former club Benfica in 2016 and he has yet to go further than the quarter-finals having lost to Chelsea at that stage in 2012 with the Portuguese side.His transfer to Benfica the previous year had been brokered by Luciano D’Onofrio – Standard’s part-owner at the time and Zinedine Zidane’s former agent – who was understood to have received a 10% share in the player as payment from Benfica.Details of Witsel’s subsequent move to Zenit for his release clause of €40m were later revealed by the Football Leaks website, with the agent Jorge Mendes reported to have brokered the deal on behalf of D’Onofrio and Witsel’s father, Thierry. The Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad claimed both had received up to €15m for helping to facilitate the transfer to Quanjian.So for Dortmund to sign him for around €20m in the summer in the face of reported opposition from Bayern was almost as good a piece of business as their foresight in luring a 17-year-old Sancho from Manchester City in 2017. The Belgium manager, Roberto Martínez, described it at the time as “the best transfer in the world”. “What he brings to the team makes him the best signing of this transfer period,” added the former Wigan and Everton manager. “Dortmund deserve tremendous recognition for the signing of Axel. He had gone under the radar in China … I knew he would prevail.”Having topped the Champions League pass statistics table for highest completion with 96% (he is second in the Bundesliga), Witsel has been making up for lost time. Dortmund last reached the quarter-finals two seasons ago when they were beaten by Monaco after a bomb attack on the team bus caused the first leg to be postponed for 24 hours.If Tottenham are going to put the memory of their disappointing defeat by Juventus at this stage last season behind them, they will have to get past Witsel first.center_img From a team who were fortunate to scrape Champions League qualification ahead of RB Leipzig by goal difference and were soundly beaten twice by Wednesday’s opponents Tottenham in the Champions League group stages last season, Dortmund lead Bayern Munich by five points in the league despite throwing away a 3-0 lead against Hoffenheim on Saturday. There are dark horses to repeat Klopp’s run to the 2013 final in Europe’s premier club competition.“One good example was when we played away in Schalke,” Zorc said. “If you compare the lineup to the one the year before there were 11 new players on the pitch. Just one year later. Then you can see the dramatic change in our squad.” Hide Share on WhatsApp Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Twitter Aexl Witsel excelled at the World Cup with Belgium. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Topics Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Was this helpful? Jadon Sancho: ‘It hasn’t been easy. I’ve had to work for this’ Borussia Dortmund features Reuse this contentlast_img read more

From Writing Songs at 14 to Touring with Willie Nelson, Steve Moakler is Living the Dream

first_img What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable We caught up with country music singer Steve Moakler recently and he gave us the run down on his career and personal style:I grew up in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, about 25 minutes south of Pittsburgh. I started writing songs when I was 14 and moved to Nashville after I graduated high school to pursue a career in music. I started releasing music independently and touring when I was 19 and have slowly been building an audience. I actually started solo in my car, then toured in a pickup truck with a buddy, then a van, then a Winnebago camper with my wife, and now a Sprinter with my band. We just released my fourth album “Steel Town” and are currently opening for Willie Nelson and headlining our own shows across the country on Sirius XM’s Highway Finds Tour. On a personal note: I love Jesus, my wife Gracie, Bruce Springsteen, the great outdoors, The Pittsburgh Steelers, Italian food, and ice cold Yuengling.As for my personal style:Jeans: Levi’s 511’sShirts: Thread-Co raw crew neck T (my wife’s clothing company, handmade in Nashville)Pants: Couldn’t tell ya… Nike sweat pants though.Suits: Birthday.Shoes: Caterpillar Haverhill boots Accessories: Siddle’s Saloon trucker hat, antique silver bracelet (from a flea market in Austin, TX),
 Dove pendant necklace,  Ray Ban Clubmaster Shades , Levi’s Camel TruckerFavorite cologne: Don’t wear any… Old Spice deodorant.
Favorite app: Spotify
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Agriculture Ministry to Join with Tertiary Institutions on Research Project

first_imgThe Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with a number of tertiary institutions to formulate a joint research programme, to address critical challenges in the agricultural sector. The institutions are: University of the West Indies (UWI); University of Technology (UTech); Northern Caribbean University (NCU), and the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE). “This will complement existing programmes with foreign based universities and regional and international organizations, such as the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute, the UN Food and Agriculture Association, Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture, and the Commonwealth of Learning,” Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke said, as he made his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House on May 8. “I think the significant convergence of interests and collaborative research will have a greater impact on the sector, rather than having each institution operating in a silo,” the Minister added. Mr. Clarke emphasized that the only sustainable means of increasing and maintaining agricultural productivity is through consistent innovative research and application of research findings to production. He said countries like Jamaica cannot engage the range of research required to solve productivity problems without collaboration with academia. “Our R (research) and D (development) programme over the years has yielded spectacular results –Jamaica Hope, Bodles Globe Pumpkin, several varieties of pepper and tomatoes, among others. We cannot halt the momentum on account of fiscal challenge,” he asserted. Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

CES 2019 Tech show isnt immune from government shutdown

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The CES 2019 gadget show is revving up in Las Vegas, but even technology’s biggest trade event isn’t immune to the effects of the partial government shutdown.Organizers said Saturday that several scheduled government speakers have cancelled their travel plans. These include Ajit Pai, head of the Federal Communications Commission, and at least nine other federal officials.Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is still planning to deliver a keynote talk Wednesday on federal initiatives to advance drone technology and self-driving vehicles.The technology extravaganza opens to attendees on Tuesday. Many large tech companies no longer exhibit at CES, but find other ways to make their presence known. Apple, for instance, has splayed a huge sign across a high-rise hotel overlooking the conference centre.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Turkey’s High Election Board Accepts Erdogan’s Appeal to Re-run Istanbul Elections

Rabat – On Monday, Turkey’s Higher Election Board announced its decision to re-run elections in Istanbul, after an appeal by Turkey’s ruling party, Justice and Development (AK), to rescind and re-run elections. The decision to re-run elections in Istanbul came hours after the Higher Election Board announced it was evaluating the Justice and Development Party (AKP) appeal. The appeal to re-run elections in Istanbul came shortly after Turkey’s main opposition party candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican People Party (CHP), won the Istanbul Municipality in mid-April for the first time in 25 years. According to the Turkish electoral body, the election will be re-run in Istanbul on June 23, 2019.President Erdogan’s ruling party requested a new ballot, citing “irregularities” in the local elections of  March 31, 2019. “The parties have also filed appeals to annul results in two Istanbul districts, Buyukcekmece and Maltepe, over the same claims,” Reuters reported.Turkish Prosecutors investigated the alleged irregularities “which state-owned Anadolu news agency said resulted in 43 officials being linked to the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen,” said the same source. Ankara has consistently blamed Gulen for a 2016 coup attempt.Read also: Turkey Wants to Arrest Mohammed bin Salman’s Allies for Khashoggi Murder read more

Joe Fresh baby sun hats recalled over fears of potential choking hazard

Companies in this story: (TSX:L)The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Health Canada has issued a recall on Joe Fresh brand baby sun hats because of a potential choking hazard.The government agency says the loop fastener on the hats, which come in a variety of colours and patterns, may detach and pose a choking hazard.The recall affects roughly 64,100 hats that were sold across the country between January and June 2019.FULL RECALL NOTICEHealth Canada says the company hasn’t received any reports of injuries, but advises people to stop using the products immediately.The hats were made in China and distributed by Loblaw Companies Ltd. at its stores including Shoppers Drug Mart, Atlantic Superstore, Extra Foods and Provigo.They can be returned to any Loblaw-branded store for a full refund. read more

Oil and container traffic pushes CN Rail to record revenues of nearly

MONTREAL — Canadian National Railway Co. generated its highest ever quarterly revenue and adjusted earnings per share, driven by sharp increases in crude-by-rail and container traffic.Canada’s largest railroad operator says net income rose four per cent year over year to $1.36 billion in the quarter ended June 30.On an adjusted basis, diluted earnings per share climbed 15 per cent to $1.73 — a record for the second quarter — compared to $1.51 during the same period in 2018.Analysts had expected adjusted diluted earnings of $1.65 per share, according to the financial markets data firm Refinitiv.Revenues rose nine per cent to a record $3.96 billion.Revenue from containers and petroleum and chemicals — its two biggest lines of business — rose 15 per cent and 26 per cent, respectively, to hit a total of $1.77 billion, roughly 45 per cent of total revenues.Companies in this story: (TSX:CN)The Canadian Press read more

EU recover the subisidies or else

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A two million euro fine has been imposed on Greece by the European Court of Justice for ignoring a 2005 order to take back millions in subsidies given to Olympic Airways. The court has also given the Greek government one month to recover the subsidies or face daily fines of 16 000 euros until it recovers the subsidies. The case is part of a long-running battle between the European Commission and the Greek government over support for the airline. At issue is 41 million euros of government subsidies to Olympic Airways as part of an unsuccessful restructuring, as well as an as-yet unaccounted for amounts of unpaid taxes, fees and social security contributions.last_img read more

Windows 10 May Learn to Automatically Remove Updates That Bork Your PC

first_img Review: ‘Gears 5’ Brings a Fresh Perspective to the FranchiseToy Tuesday: The Best ‘Gears of War’ Toys Keeping the software on your computer up-to-date is an absolute must. It’s just too risky to go cruising around the Internet with unpatched vulnerabilities on your PC. Unfortunately updating isn’t always a trouble-free experience.For example, there have been plenty of buggy Windows updates over the years. The most troublesome caused show-stopping problems that rendered PCs unable to boot.There’s typically a way out, but fixing boot problems on a Windows system can be a complicated task. That may no longer be the case in the near future.A support document that was recently published shows that Windows 10 PCs could soon be able to repair the damage automatically. It’s titled “Why were recently installed updates removed?”The answer to that question: Windows 10 detected a startup failure, exhausted other automatic recovery options, and determined that the only way to get things back on track was to roll back the last batch of updates that were installed.Windows Latest shared this image of the notification you’ll see if Windows 10 has to perform the repair:Windows 10 will also freeze the problematic updates and postpone any attempts to re-install them for 30 days. Hopefully that grace period will give Microsoft (and its OEM partners) enough time to identify the problem and ship a revised update that won’t render your system unusable.This could help smooth out some bumps in the Windows Update process, and that’s a very big deal. Microsoft wants to make sure that every Windows 10 computer is always fully patched.Teaching Windows 10 to fix itself could help prevent users from becoming frustrated with the update process and deciding to pull the plug on Windows Update. That can be a very dangerous situation. All it takes is one vulnerable system to expose an entire network to a devastating cyber attack.More on HoloLens 2 Augments Reality AgainSkype’s Background Blur Hides Embarrassing EnvironmentsMicrosoft Is Finally Showing Notepad a Little Love Stay on targetlast_img read more

Terry confirms hell stay if Villa get promoted

first_imgJohn Terry, who recently turned 37, announced he would stay at Aston Villa if they succeed in returning to the top flight after the playoffs.A while back, he shared he would never play for a team in the Premier League and that his purpose is helping Aston Villa back to the top flight, but has now admitted he would extend his contract with his current team if they succeed, which they are pretty much guaranteed to do.“Initially it was a big decision for me to leave Chelsea and come to Villa but I have settled in very well and been welcomed,” Terry shared, according to Birmingham Mail.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It is in my contract (to stay) if we go up, and fingers crossed and touch wood we do, then I will be staying another year.”However, if they don’t get promoted after all, the former Chelsea and England captain will try coaching as he is currently taking a course for a UEFA A Licence.last_img read more